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Portrait of a Married Couple

GER 2002, 92 min

A young couple is fighting on their own wedding party.


Why wait? Newlyweds Dorit, 25, and Alex, 30, decide at their wedding party to revisit their hitherto extremely intense love relation in a playful marital spat that intensifies. The buzzed and charged mood consistently pushes the combative potential of the two - until the young bride loses touch with reality.

Awards and Festivals

- First Steps Award 2002 - Best feature-length film
- Max-Ophüls-Preis 2003 for Maria Simon - Best female newcomer
- Filmfestival Varna, Bulgarien 2003 - Camera price for Rali Raltschev
- Nomination for the German Film Critics Award for Maria Simon


Director and Screenplay
Isabelle Stever
Maria Simon, Nils Nellessen, Marc Richter, Martin Reinhardt, Sylvia Buchbauer, Andreas Bittl, Michael Gabat, Daniel Krauss, Alma Maria Köhler, Patrick Mosch, Samir Osman, Georg Ansas Otto, Miriam Sachs, Christian Schidlowski, Stephanie Scholz, Bärbel Schleker, Elena Uhlig, Marina Weis-Burgaslieva, Martin Dean
Director of Photography
Rali Raltchev
Frank Brummundt
Marcus Fritzsch und Martin Dean
Production Design
Felicity Good
Costume Design
Gizella Koppany
Make-up Artist
Marie Eglantine Romm
Dirk Homann
Sound Mixing
Martin Steyer
Commissioning Editor
Lucas Schmidt (ZDF-Das kleine Fernsehspiel)
1st AD
Antje Wellingerhof, Malte Schmidt
Jens Körner, Thomas Riedel, Oliver Niemeier
Co-produced by
Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) (Mainz)
In collaboration with
Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin
Theatrical release (Germany)
July 10, 2003
World Premiere
Filmfest München 2002 - German competition